Q: Your lifestyle is arguably your greatest achievement. Do you ever wake up thinking, “Oh, Christ, here we go againmore bunnies”?
A: Never. Of course I have bad daysthere are disappointments, both personal and in businessbut there’s no grass that’s greener than over here. I’m the luckiest cat on the planet, and I know it. I’m living out an adolescent boy’s fantasy.
Q: The pajamaswas that a shtick that stuck?
A: Yes. The pajamas came really early onsee, I was working a lot at night. But the smoking jacketa point came when I was working increasingly at the mansion in Chicago, and there wasn’t a lot of point to getting dressedand eventually people were disappointed if I was wearing a suit. I’ve got about 200 pairs, silk pajamas in 20 colors, and velvet or satin smoking jackets, all custom-made.
Q: How important is sex now, in your eighties?
A: I still have sex several times a week. But when you talk about sex, it’s the intimacy that matters.
Q: Do you love all the girls on The Girls Next Door equally, or just pretend to?
A: I love Holly the most. Five or six years ago, she was simply one of seven girlfriends, but after the TV show started, I fell deeply in love with her. She’s the relationship that will last the rest of my life.
Q: It seems that you would have so little in common.
A: You’d think the age disparity would make a big difference. It doesn’t. She’s in love with old movies, she’s in love with music from the earlier period. And you have to understand that all of the girlfriends since my marriageand there have been about 25have been blondes. I think that comes directly out of fantasies fueled by the movies of the early thirtiesthose pre-Code films with Jean Harlow and Busby Berkeley. I’ve reconnected with the dreams and fantasies of my childhood.
Q: Do Bridget and Kendra get jealous?
A: They don’t. But whether it’s three girlfriends or seven, it’s easier than one wife. They’re not going to give you a hard time, because you always have an alternative. My second marriage, from 1989, lasted 10 years, and we had two children. When it ended I met a young actress named Brande Roderick, and about three weeks later a pair of twins, Sandy and Mandy Bentley. It was an overreaction to a difficult marriage.
Q: Was that the first time you had three girlfriends at once?
A: Actually four, if you count Sandy’s roommate, Jessica.
Q: Do you ever think, “I just want to watch a movie tonight”?
A: Without question, relaxing in bed and watching a movie is one of my favorite things to do. I’ve settled down in many wayswhen we get invitations to this club or this party, I pick and choose. The best times are the quiet times at home.